Posts tagged ‘contemporaries’

Garage Psych Torch Bearers

By | February, 21, 2012

Keeping it Cali. I have to say even though many consider Brooklyn the most active area for up and coming indie bands, there have been a plethora of great acts coming out of the Golden State in the last few years that aren’t just riding the buzz you can catch by merely residing in the hipster capitol of the world. Long Beach garage rockers Crystal Antlers are like many of their West Coast contemporaries in that the swirling psychedelia of the mid-late 60′s heavily informs their aesthetic. For many the direct origins of what your hearing in this young band would be the 13th Floor Elevators, but Crystal Antlers have expanded on that style and give a nod to another seminal 60′s proto-punk band, The Velvet Underground. The droning and walls of noise they produce are much grander in scale, as is the natural progression of any style. I mean where can you go after Sonic Youth? It obviously has to be slightly louder, slightly noisier, slightly more abrasive.

Listen to “A Thousand Eyes” off their 2008 self-titled EP, Crystal Antlers.

If you live in the Southwest make sure to catch the band as they join Sleepy Sun for six of the shows on their tour. The dates are below:

  • 03/08 Los Angeles, CA—Echo
  • 03/10 Scottsdale – AZ – The Rogue Bar
  • 03/11 Santa Fe, NM – VFW Hall
  • 03/12 El Paso,TX – Low Brow Palace
  • 03/13 San Antonio, TX – The Korvoa Basement
  • 03/18 Dallas, TX – Club Dada – BRO FEST

Vision Quest

By | February, 16, 2012

Here is a theatrical, extended version of the Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros sing a long “40 Day Dream”. Though this band hails from Los Angeles, not NorCal or the Bay Area like the others this week, they still contain the essence of psych-folk that is present in their California contemporaries. The main difference here is that the songs are more overtly structured in the pop format. As catchy as they sound, they are certainly anything but mainstream, having nothing in common with what you will find on Top 40 radio these days.